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Speakers are a fickle thing. You can either spend $40 on a set that produces average quality sound, or you can spend anywhere from $100 to $250 on the best speakers to get a huge upgrade in sound quality. There’s a huge difference between that $40 set sitting on your desk and a nice high quality set that makes everything so much more crisp. The difference really is night and day. And we’re going to show you which best speakers to get, whether you’re wanting to set them up for your PC or home theater!

What to look for in the Best Speakers of 2016

A good pair of speakers is expensive. They can get insanely expensive, and that’s not always a bad thing. A good pair of speakers is an important investment, and if taken care of properly, you won’t have to buy speakers for decades to come. Even then, you may just want to upgrade your speakers because of the new technology available, not because anything happened to your pair of speakers.

Before purchasing a pair of speakers, it’s good to ask yourself this question: what will I use them for? If you occasionally listen to music and occasionally watch TV or movies, then you probably won’t need a high-end expensive pair of speakers. On the other hand, maybe you’re someone who enjoys listening to music for extended periods of time, enjoying all of the little elements that make that song “pop.” In that case, you might want a decent system.

Another important thing to consider when purchasing speakers is how much space you have. If you have a small desk like myself, then a big pair of speakers probably isn’t going to work for your setup. Consider the amount of space you have available, as speakers can start to take up a big chunk of real estate, especially if you’re shopping big for a home theater setup.

Finally, it might actually be best to purchase a speaker set at a brick-and-mortar store over what has become traditional online shopping. I say this simply because it’s easier to get a sample of what the speakers sound like before bringing them home and deciding you’re not a fan of how they sound. Getting a physical feel for them is definitely leagues better than the small overview you get on the Amazon product description, but the choice is totally up to you.

Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR

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If you’re looking for the best speakers out there, the Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR will not disappoint in the least. As far as design goes, the SP-EBS73-LR’s certainly aren’t flashy like many other options out there, but they’re distinct in that they have their own smooth elegance to them. The curved sides add to that sense of elegance, making these speakers scream “classy!”

With the SP-EBS73-LR’s you’re getting a 5.25-inch subwoofer and two sets of 1-inch tweeters. The build quality of these speakers are high, but they will expel a lot of air, and thus, will need room to breathe.

As far as actual sound quality goes, the clarity is unbelievable. You’ll hear every little bit of detail in your favorite albums, TV shows, or movies. There’s an excellent amount of bass and depth to these speakers. At $750, you cannot go wrong with Pioneer’s Elite SP-EBS73-LR’s.

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Yamaha YAS-203

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Yamaha’s YAS-203 moves away from the traditional speaker set, and is instead a sound bar. Now, sound bar’s traditionally are cheap and, more often than not, sound awful, but Yamaha seems to have been able to break free of the constraints of your traditional sound bar.

The Yamaha YAS-203 is one of the best speakers for a home theater setup. It’s excellent for TV shows and movies, and even does well with music playback. You have a bunch of neat features included, such as Bluetooth, DTS decoding, a remote, a rear-mounted IR blaster, and perfect soundstage depth.

At just $400, it’s hard to pass up the YAS-203, simply because of the amount of value it’ll add to your home entertainment setup. Sound bars are notorious for not being too great, but Yamaha has most certainly risen above that.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

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Bowers & Wilkins is a pillar within the audio industry, and like many of their other products, the Zeppelin Wireless does not disappoint. This little wireless speaker is top-notch, featuring 2 double dome tweeters, two midrange drivers, and a 6.5-inch woofer, allowing this wireless speaker to reach some impressive volume levels.

As far as actual audio goes, the Zeppelin Wireless will give you rich, crystal clear sound and excellent bass performance. This speaker will provide you with top-notch sound quality for streaming music over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Some audio purists might not enjoy the digital signal processing, but Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin Wireless was able to engineer this speaker as if it had all of your traditional cords.

This wireless speaker is a hard one to swallow at $600, but it’s also one of the best speakers you’ll get your hands on, despite it being wireless. Whether you use this as a portable unit to take with you to the beach or simply set it up in your home office, the Zeppelin Wireless will sound incredibly clear at all volume levels.

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ELAC Debut B6

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Much of the speakers on this list are fairly expensive, but offer outstanding quality. If you’re someone not wanting to break the bank while still getting splendid quality, then you might want to check out the ELAC Debut B6 speakers.

It has a fairly plain design, but looks extremely sharp, particularly around the front. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the black vinyl finish, so this is really the only option you get as far as colors go. As far as actual sound quality goes, the Debut B6 is excellent for the price.

At $280, these speakers have great bass definition, and even at high volume levels, there was no strained or distorted sound. These feel like high-level speakers, especially with how clear and rich sound is. If you’re on a budget, this is the speaker set for you, though you will need an amplifier to power them.

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Final Thoughts

There are plenty of other speakers out there, but with my own testing, these products are some of the best speakers you can get your hands on. Of course, that’s a very subjective opinion, largely because everyone here’s sound differently. That said, reviews online show that many have the same opinion of me, with all of them talking very highly of these speakers. If you’re in the market for a new speaker setup, you can’t go wrong with any of these, whether you’re looking for something stationary or portable.

What is your favorite speaker setup? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below or over in the PCMech Forums!